The College of Medicine

Overview

Renowned for its innovative, student-centered educational programs, Drexel University College of Medicine represents the consolidation of two venerable medical schools with rich and intertwined histories: Hahnemann Medical College and Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. Established in 1848 and 1850, respectively, they were two of the earliest medical colleges in the United States, and Woman’s was the very first medical school for women.

Today, with more than 1,000 medical students, Drexel University College of Medicine is educating one in every 83 medical students in the nation. Graduate students number more than 800, and the College is the academic partner in the education of nearly 600 medical residents and fellows. There are more than 700 clinical and basic science faculty, and more than 1,700 affiliate and volunteer faculty.

Within the College of Medicine, The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies offers an additional 29 majors, 3 graduate minors, and 5 professional certificates.

 
 

About the College of Medicine

Mission Statement

Drexel University College of Medicine excels and innovates in education, research, and delivery of compassionate care in our culture of diversity, spirited inquiry, collaboration, and opportunity.

About the College

The College of Medicine's main campus, Queen Lane, is in a suburban-like setting in the East Falls section of Philadelphia. Additional education and research facilities are located at the Center City campus. Students receive their clinical education at 25 affiliated hospitals and ambulatory sites chosen for their commitment to teaching as well as medical excellence.

The College of Medicine has established one of the largest centers for spinal cord research in the Mid-Atlantic region, and founded one of the leading centers for malaria study in the nation. Collaborative projects leveraging Drexel University’s technological expertise continue to push the frontiers of nanomedicine and neuroengineering.

The multifaceted HIV/AIDS program includes an affiliated primary care and specialty practice, and extensive NIH-funded research in prevention and therapeutic interventions. Faculty physicians are highly respected in numerous other specialties, including cardiology, sports medicine and neurology. The first medical school in the country to completely integrate women's health into its curriculum, the College is the home of ELAM®, the highly regarded Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women.

Facilities

Queen Lane Student Activities Center

A 17,700 square-foot student activity center was completed in 2006 at the Queen Lane Campus. The Student Activities Center occupies 2 floors and houses a full line of exercise equipment, a bookstore, student government offices and flexible space for events and lectures. The facility is available to students, staff and groups.

Queen Lane Medical Simulation Center

The College opened a state-of-the-art simulation center for medical education in 2010. Part of a new 25,000 square-foot addition, the center allows students to learn in simulated operating room and patient room settings.

Clinical Education Assessment Center

Ten examination rooms with digital capture that simulate physicians' offices are linked to control and observation rooms for faculty. Students work with standardized patients to enhance their abilities in medical interviewing, physical examination skills, and patient counseling.

Multidisciplinary Laboratories

  • Forty-two tables with microscopes for teaching neuroanatomy, microbiology, and pathology are available.
  • Microscopes are equipped with a networked video system so that all students in a class can look at a single slide under the microscope through monitors on their lab tables or on a projection screen and can retrieve microscopic images via computer.

New College Building

The New College Building at the Center City Campus is designed for the purpose of teaching basic and clinical sciences, with auditoriums, classrooms, laboratories and offices. The lecture halls accommodate a variety of educational methodologies, spanning from the basic lecture format to the enriched laboratory setting, where courses such as Anatomy, Pathology, Microbiology, Histology and Applied Anatomic Pathology can be taught.

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